12 Best Tubing Mascaras of 2022

Quick question: Does anyone out there successfully remove all of their waterproof mascara when doing their skincare routine at the end of the day? Because if you’re like me, you’re probably always left with raccoon eyes and some leftover product on your lashes, despite how well you think your face wash worked. And personally, I don’t think water resistance, length, and volume are worth all the rubbin’, scrubbin’, and washing your face roughly in an attempt to remove the remnants (no matter how fire it looked before), especially since tubing mascaras exist.

Instead of coating your lashes with thick layers of pigment like regular mascara, tubing mascara wraps each lash in water-resistant, tube-like polymers (kind of like a little cap that washes off). It sounds weird, but these tubes make your lashes look really good. Not only that, but tubing mascara doesn’t smudge, it gives you major length and volume, is long-lasting, and best of all, it’s so easy to remove—just soak a cotton round in warm water and the little tubes will slide right off. (FYI, they are water-resistant to cold water, but not to warm, hence the easy removal.)

As Jenna Nicole, a Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist explained to Cosmo, the main difference between mascara formulations comes down to the pigment and wax, but we’ll get into that later. Ready to learn more? I had a feeling, which is why I rounded up the 12 best tubing mascaras and will equip ya with all the knowledge you need. But first, here’s a bb list because I want to give ya a sneak peek of what’s to come…

Our top picks for the best tubing mascaras in 2022:

Best Tubing Mascara for Curly Lashes

Caliray Come Hell or High Water Volumizing Tubing Mascara

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Best Tubing Mascara That Won’t Smudge

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Mascara

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Best Lengthening Tubing Mascara

Merit Clean Lash Lengthening Tubing Mascara

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Best Water-Resistant Tubing Mascara

Blinc Mascara

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Best Strengthening Tubing Mascara

Velour Lashes Pretty Big Deal Tubing Mascara & Peptide Lash Serum

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Now for the fun part: Check out alllll of the selections, below.

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Best Tubing Mascara for Curly Lashes

Caliray Come Hell or High Water Volumizing Tubing Mascara

  • Long-lasting and water-resistant
  • Applies super smooth and easy
  • May weigh down finer lashes

If you’re going for a doe-eyed, va-va-voom look, this tubing mascara is a smart choice. The bristles have wavy brush fibers, so you’re able to catch, coat, lift, and curl each lash. For extra curl and volume, focus on applying your mascara to the base of your lashes to lift them up.

THE REVIEW: “[This mascara] goes on so smoothly and comes off easier than any mascara I’ve had before,” writes one reviewer, adding that it stays on all day, and when they want to remove it, they choose to use oil-free makeup remover as it does the job quick and easy!

Best Tubing Mascara That Won’t Smudge

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Mascara

  • Great if you have oily eyelids
  • Reviews say it may take more than warm water (i.e., makeup remover) to take off

One time, halfway through a date, I went to the bathroom and noticed that my mascara had completely smudged underneath my eyes. Not a cute look, and I definitely could have avoided it if I had used this tubing mascara. The formula doesn’t budge, so it won’t give you raccoon eyes (bless), but it will give you long, wispy lashes, thanks to the brush.

THE REVIEW: “This mascara really adds length to your lashes. No smudging when I use it either,” writes one reviewer, adding that the packaging is super adorable, so that’s a plus!

Best Lengthening Tubing Mascara

Merit Clean Lash Lengthening Tubing Mascara

  • Lengthens and separates the lashes with little to no clumps
  • Doesn’t give a TON of volume

If you want your lashes to look great every day without an extensive routine or eyelash extensions, you need to swipe on this tubing mascara ASAP. The brush helps separate and coat your lashes, leaving you with a beautiful, your-lashes-but-better look. It’s perfect for a night out (or, like, any time you run into your ex and want to look amaze).

THE REVIEW: This is the mascara I have been searching for,” writes one tester who, according to them, has been looking for a mascara that lasts long and doesn’t flake. “The brush is fluffy and gives a stunning amount of length with no clumping!”

Best Water-Resistant Tubing Mascara

Blinc Mascara

  • Water-resistant and long-lasting
  • Can be very wet upon application, and takes a few minutes to dry

With almost 4K reviews on Sephora.com, a lot of people stan this tubing mascara—and for good reason. It’s the OG tubing mascara, and the formula truly works to add both volume and length without smudging or flaking. It’s also water-resistant, i.e., just water alone won’t remove it from your lashes. So if you need a good cry, don’t worry about streaking.

THE REVIEWS: “It doesn’t smudge at all when you rub your eyes, but comes off very easily when you wash [your face],” writes a reviewer. “This stuff is AMAZING and lengthening!” says another tester.

Best Strengthening Tubing Mascara

Velour Lashes Pretty Big Deal Tubing Mascara & Peptide Lash Serum

  • If you prefer a dramatic look, this won’t give you that va-va-voom effect

This three-in-one tubing mascara gives your lashes lift and length, keeps them shiny and healthy thanks to ashwagandha (a plant-based ingredient rich in antioxidants), and strengthens your natural lashes with a peptide complex too. The effect? Lashes that look instantly gorgeous and better with time.

THE REVIEW: “I’m never impressed by mascaras, so I never expect anything great, but this has been the only one that works for ME,” writes a tester, adding that “it doesn’t smudge on my lid or flake off, nor does it get clumpy.”

Best Tubing Mascara Wand

Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Lengthen Mascara

  • Separates and coats every lash
  • Can be hard to cleanly apply on lower lashes and the corners of the eyes

Made with a combo of water-resistant tubing polymers, thickening powders, carbon-black pigments, and a unique-shaped wand, this tubing mascara makes even the shortest, tiniest lashes look ultra long and voluminous.

THE REVIEW: “It’s extremely black, and it separates and lengthens [my lashes] so beautifully!” writes a reviewer, and according to the tester, they’re not ready to commit to false lashes, but this mascara does the job!

Best Inexpensive Tubing Mascara

Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara

  • Great price and comparable, if not better, than more expensive alternatives
  • Applies wet and takes a little bit to dry and set

This may be the least expensive tubing mascara on the list, but that doesn’t mean it’s the least effective. $5 bucks and a few swipes later, and this long-lasting, smudge-proof tubing mascara will leave your lashes looking thicker, longer, and more defined (no eyelash primer required).

THE REVIEWS: It gives you volume, length, and comfort all for a great price” reads one tester’s review, adding that they’ve “used $25 mascaras that don’t even come close to this quality.” Another reviewer writes, “it’s like wearing false lashes without all of the hassle!”

Best Everyday Tubing Mascara

Glossier Lash Slick

  • Doesn’t smudge and absolutely no clumping thanks to the thin, separating bristles
  • If you prefer a bold look, this is not for you

This mascara from Glossier is one of my all-time favorite mascaras. It gives lashes natural-looking length and definition (TBH it doesn’t even look like mascara, just really good natural lashes) thanks to tiny tubing fibers and a lightweight, flexible formula.

THE REVIEW: “My favorite mascara and the only one I use! It’s not clumpy, easy to take off, looks natural, and keeps my lashes long and luscious all day,” reads one reviewer’s review, adding that they absolutely recommend it!

Best tubing mascara for sensitive skin

Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™

  • Won’t cause irritation due to the gentle formula
  • Can come out clumpy in some instances

If you have sensitive skin or eyes and the *thought* of new products makes you shudder, you’ll be pleased to know this Thrive Causmetics mascara was specially formulated with sensitive peeps in mind. Plus, it makes lashes look super thick and lush and won’t flake or smudge for hours and hours.

THE REVIEW: According to one reviewer, this is”THE BEST MASCARA EVER,” adding that they often woke up in the morning with leftover mascara, leaving their eyelids irritated, from other brands. “This is the first mascara that doesn’t cause irritation!”

Best Volumizing Tubing Mascara

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

  • Volume without being clumpy
  • The actual product in the tube may dry out rather quickly

This tubing mascara will give you some major Bambi eyelashes. Seriously, you’ll have people wondering if you’re wearing fake lashes. The teeny-tiny bristles grip your lashes for intense volume and length, while the jojoba oil in the formula keeps ’em soft and shiny.

THE REVIEW: “This went on beautifully, lengthened, thickened, and coated every single lash on the very first pass,” writes a tester. “It removes like a dream with just warm water and slight rubbing,” they added.

Best Tubing Mascara for Short Lashes

EM Cosmetics Pick Me Up Volume + Length Mascara

  • Very thin, precise brush great for hard-to-reach areas
  • Won’t give you major volume

The spiky, tapered wand on this tubing mascara will take your lashes up a notch. The bristles grip each and every lash (yes, even the teeny-tiny ones) at the root, giving them major length.

THE REVIEWS: When one tester doesn’t feel like using their hard-to-remove mascaras, they turn to this one. “It doesn’t give you the most dramatic, sky-high lashes, but it’s full of good, clean ingredients that don’t irritate my eyes.” Another tester writes that “it makes [their] lashes look fuller and natural.”

Best Tubing Mascara for Defined Lashes

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara

  • Does not transfer to the lids and great for lower lashes
  • Focuses more on lifting, coating, and separating each lash rather than volume

Your new go-to product? This tubing mascara. Not only do the short, dense bristles grip and lift every lash, but they also work to separate and coat ’em. The result? Lashes that are defined but still look natural.

THE REVIEW: “My mascara always transfers to my lid, but NOT this one!” writes one reviewer. “I’ve been using this for years on my lower lash line,” writes another, adding that “the formula is very black and it stays put.”

Is tubing mascara better than regular mascara?

It comes down to personal preference when deciding which type of mascara is better per se. Regular mascara uses wax and pigment, which tends to flake easier. However, because conventional mascara is a majority of the mascara market, there are a ton of options.

On the other hand, tubing mascara uses a polymer that wraps around each lash to create a tube, hence the name. The tubes flake less, last long, are water-resistant to cool water and are great for those with sensitive skin. In short, there are pros and cons to each, it’s just about finding a formulation that works best for you.

How to find the best tubing mascara

Know how to identify a tubing mascara

Tbh, I still sometimes struggle to identify which mascara is a tubing mascara. Other than the ones labeled as such, it can be tricky to determine. To do so, take a look at the ingredients—if they include propanediol, 10 dimethicone, polysilicon-11, cera alba, or glyceryl stearate, congrats! Those are polymers, and that is indeed a tubing mascara.

Another way to determine the type is to remove your mascara. If you wash your face and are left with the dreaded raccoon eyes, it’s conventional mascara. FYI, this is a good option if you already own the mascara.

Think about the brush size and shape

According to Nicole, the main factor that contributes to the end results of your lashes is the brush. “A fat and fluffy applicator will give you voluminous, fat, and fluffy lashes,” Nicole has told Cosmo, adding that “a long, skinny, more-precise wand will give you long, skinny, clump-free lashes.”

Siena Gagliano is a contributing beauty editor at Cosmopolitan and has two years of experience writing about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle news. She’s an expert at researching and writing beauty stories, like the best lip plumpers and the greatest cream blushes on the market, and feels especially knowledgeable in tubing mascaras, because she is always on the hunt for long-lasting, water-resistant mascaras that come off easily (hence why she loves tubing mascaras). She regularly tests and analyzes mascaras on her own lashes for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top makeup artists and cosmetic chemists to assess new formulas and brands.

Lauren Balsamo is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan with eight years of experience researching, writing, and editing skincare and makeup stories that range from the best all natural foundations, to the greatest cream blushes on the market. She regularly tests and analyzes mascaras and other makeup products for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top makeup artists and cosmetic chemists to assess new formulas and brands.

Contributing Editor
Siena Gagliano is a contributing editor at Cosmopolitan, where she primarily covers beauty in the makeup, skin, and hair spaces.

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Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, where she writes, edits, and produces all types of beauty content—from product reviews to personal essays and trend reports.

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